Based on a system for documentation developed by JMIC member UFI, JMIC members now have an important opportunity to demonstrate our collective leadership in addressing the United Nations Sustainable development goals established to document and illustrate how industry initiatives can be undertaken in ways that support long term stability and responsible growth on a world-wide basis.
The Meetings Industry has a great story to tell in this regard and telling it effectively is a good way to support our advocacy initiatives by demonstrating something we all take for granted—that our work supports economic, professional, social and academic advancement to the benefit of all—but is not well understood by those outside the industry.
The attached templates make it easy for you to document your achievements– and provide us with the ability to illustrate the principles on which this industry operates. At the same time it offers you the opportunity to distinguish your organization amongst your colleagues in ways that really matter.
Read on. And then take the initiative to select those programs, events or operating principles that best demonstrate your commitment to a sustainable future. All initiatives will be acknowledged and endorsed by the Joint Meetings Industry Council—and form part of a report that will be shared with both global authorities and local communities to show our leadership as an industry.
Our industry engages with millions every year through their participation in the business events they attend and use to support their own activities and objectives. At the same time, it spans a wide cross section of all sectors of business, government, academia and community. With such a wide audience and reach, our industry more than most can have a meaningful influence on how knowledge and business practices evolve.
How can you contribute? Why Should You? You can demonstrate how your events and initiatives contribute to the SDGs by documenting your best programs and practices using the templates provided for submissions. This kind of participation supports our overall industry proposition—but it offers important benefits to you and your members as well by giving you:
What will JMIC do with the results? JMIC will have contributions analyzed and validated by a recognized sustainability advisor and publicize the resulting report widely as part of our industry advocacy activities. The results will also be a resource for those wishing to access good examples of industry responsibility to their own audiences. New submissions, once approved, will be added to this library and incorporated into the final report.
The submission process has been streamlined and facilitated by the preparation of three templates that together capture the range of SDG-related benefits of three different elements of industry activity:
Type I | Event Theme and Content: How the theme of the event contributes to the SDGs
Type II | Event Execution and Operation: How the approach taken to the operation of the event contributes to the SDGs
Type III | Company’s Operations: How an organizer/supplier’s own operations contribute to the SDGs
Submissions that have already been reviewed and endorsed are listed below, with links to the detailed submission. These provide a library of excellent examples of the kinds of program activities that qualify as UNSDG initiatves.
|No||Activity Type||Activity Title||Location||SDGs||Organization||Headquarters|
|1||III Company’s Operations||Sustainability reporting for SDGs||Global||3,4,9,13,16||Reed Exhibitions||UK|
|2||I Exhibition Theme||Plastic waste display||France||12,14||Reed Expositions France||France|
|3||I Exhibition Theme||AfricaCom||South Africa||1,8,9||Informa||UK|
|4||I Exhibition Theme||Futurecom||Brazil||1,4,8,10||Informa||UK|
|5||II Exhibition Operation||International Book Fair of Guadalajara||Mexico||12,13||Impact0||Mexico|
|6||III Company’s Operations||Feeding Your Performance||Australia||3,8,11,12,17||ICC Sydney||Australia|
|7||III Company’s Operations||Legacy program||Australia||8,9,10,11,12,17||ICC Sydney||Australia|
|8||III Company’s Operations||Celebrating First Nations Cultures||Australia||8,10,17||ICC Sydney||Australia|
|9||III Company’s Operations||Heartwarming Amsterdam||The Netherlands||2,12||RAI Amsterdam||The Netherlands|
|10||I Exhibition Theme||Neonyt||Germany||8,9,12,13,14, 15,16,17||Messe||Frankfurt Germany|
|11||III Company’s Operations||Sustainability reporting||Global||4,5,6,7,8, 9,10,11,12,13, 16,17||Messe||Frankfurt Germany|
|12||III Company’s Operations||Melbourne Renewable Energy Project||Australia||7,8,9,11,12, 13,17||Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre||Australia|
|13||III– Company’s Operations||Responsible Seafood at Marina Bay Sands||Singapore/Malaysia||2,8,9,12,14,17||Marina Bay Sands||Singapore|
|14||III–Company’s Operations||District Energy System||Canada||7,9,11,17||Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place||Canada|
|15||III Company’s Operations||Think Green||Global||8,11,12,13||GL Events||France|
|16||III Company’s Operations||Think Local||Global||8,11,12,13||GL Events||France|
|17||III Company’s Operations||Think People||Global||8,10,11,12||GL Events||France|
|18||III Company’s||Operations The Oregon Convention Center’s Waste Diversion Policy||USA||2,9,11,12,17||Oregon Convention Center||USA|
|19||III Company’s Operations||HML“ Think Before Plastic” Campaign||China||12||Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited||China|
|20||II Exhibition Operations||Ecodesign Program For Exhibition Stands||India||8||Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers’ Association||India|